Reel Life - August 2016
Time to start visualising the zing of a reel and bend of a rod, as those little hints of spring and summer start appearing.
As of 1 September, the new fishing season is a mere 30 days away on October 1 – so now's the time to get kitted out.
Reports from around the regions (we would say this, of course) hint at some great fishing to be had, as the days lengthen and temperatures slowly rise!
You Auckland folks can fish your own backyard again – with Lake Pupuke bouncing back from an oil spill in June. But head out of town to the Waikato and you'll find plenty of fishing options – summarised in Auckland / Waikato's newsletter.
Be ready to sample the legendary Rotorua lakes – 13 no less – packed with fishing opportunities. Open year round, trolling on Lake Rotorua has been highly productive over the past few weeks. One visitor reported multiple double hook-ups trolling and harling in shallow water.
There have been encouraging reports of some solid late season shoreline catches on Rotoiti and the main beach at Okataina.
Out east, Lake Waikaremoana fishing has reportedly been "quite exceptional” this winter for anglers who've found the right trolling speed. Hawkes Bay offers very good early season fishing for both brown and rainbow trout.
Taranaki and Wellington also have great fishing on offer, with many trout streams in both regions receiving little angling pressure.
Fishing will hot up in the South Island in Nelson Marlborough and other regions where the whitebait head upstream in spring.
New back country fishing opportunities are available in the West Coast and Nelson Marlborough, so if you are keen for a bit of adventure, check them out.
If you like your fish freakily large, be quick to make the most of the MacKenzie country hydro canals that fish better in the cooler months.
In the South Island, keep your eyes open for some tagged trout; around 2000 brown trout are being released into the lower Rakaia following some habitat restoration in some spawning streams near the mouth. We need those details thanks!
P.S. - This month's cover pic from Mike Bodie shows six year-old Lucas Corson and his catch - with proud dad Pete on Lake Rotorua late August.
P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.